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Edward M. Goldberg

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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer This time AWS has does it right. The Relational Database Servers in AWS called “RDS” are the “Real Thing”. I just transferred over my whole Drupal DB in a few moments to an RDS Instance. Is was very simple. Let me show you the one line command solution: (Warning Linux command comes next!) $ mysqldump –add-drop-table –databases Comments EdwardMGoldberg NOC myCloudWatcher_drupal wikidb | mysql -h mycloudwatcher.xxx.us-east-1.rds.amazonaws.com -u TheCloudWatcher -pXxXxXxXxXx4 (all password info is fake) Let me break down this command into the parts: mysqldump: This is the LINUX command line database dump program. I just used the default connection (defined in my.cnf) and dumped a few tables I wanted. I added the drop table option so I can update as many time as I like. mysql -h : This does the “remote” connection to the new RDS instance an... (more)

The AWS EC2 Instance Missing Users Guide

When you get a new car you look into the glove box and find a small book that explains the day to day operation of the car.  The same is true for your laptop. What happened to the users guide for the AWS EC2 Servers? First of all AWS calls them instances and gives them strange names like i-12345678 that are not very easy to remember.  So to start off most users are lost just finding the server they just Launched (like a boat?). This document covers the basics.  How to use a new server (read instance) you booted up (Launched) in AWS EC2. After you read this document you will know ... (more)

New Relic & RightScale - Ruby on Rails Life Cycle Tools

Cloud Computing and Rails are a natural good fit.  With tools provided by New Relic integrated into the RightScale Deployment and Monitoring platform you have a Best Practice Monitoring system. I Deploy and Watch servers all day as part of the http://myCloudWatcher.com service.  When I started to build the demo for this next RightScale Webinar I learned more about my application in the first few hours with the tools then I had ever seen before. Please come join me at the Webinar and learn how you can instrument you next Deployment and provide top quality service with your next pr... (more)

How to Leverage Amazon AWS RDS today

Today, AWS Amazon RDS (Relational Database Servers in the AWS Cloud) are a new Beta and needs to be used as a “peek at that the future” for the IT staff and CTO.  Developers need to wrap their minds around Relational Database as a service.  The time has come for this to be a real SaaS. The “Big Table” was easy to “pu pu” and say “It does not fit the model”.  RDS is the “real thing” a transactional Relational Database with all the bells and … IMHO,  we need to start looking at this new model by placing non-mission critical Backup Systems for Fail Over in RDS.  The cost of transfer... (more)

RightScale and SPLUNK a great team to have on your side.

SPLUNK> just added Partner templates and Scripts (RightScrips) to the http://RightScale.com service. This is a great pair to have on your team.  These two players add depth of monitoring to your Deployments.  RightScale takes the low level server meterics very nicely and SPLUNK> watches all of the application logs for you. Now with this pair set up on every server in every Cloud Deployment.  You have one place to search the indexed logs for all of your servers and control all of the Deployments in any location from one place. I will be doing a Webinar talking with Michael Wilde of... (more)